Business levels for manufacturers and suppliers of primary plastics machinery (injection molding, extrusion, blowmolding, and thermoforming equipment) posted another strong quarterly performance in Q4 of 2013, according to statistics compiled and reported by SPI's Committee on Equipment Statistics. Shipments of primary plastics equipment for reporting companies totaled an estimated $335.1 million in Q4.
This was the strongest quarterly total for all of 2013, SPI reports. The Q4 total represented a gain of 3 percent when compared with the impressive total from Q3 of 2013, and it was just slightly lower than the total from Q4 of 2012. 2012 was a capital year for North American plastics capital equipment, with orders for injection molding machines, blown-film lines, auxiliary equipment, thermoforming equipment, and hot runners all up compared to 2011.
For 2013 as a whole, the total value for primary plastics equipment shipments was up 8 percent when compared with the annual total from 2012.